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Sacramento Republic ready to fill MLS void if Beckham, Miami “mess up”

Aug 10, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

Head coach of the USL PRO’s Sacramento Republic, former U.S. national team winger Preki, has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons as the Californian capital continues to push for a Major League Soccer franchise.

Earlier this week reports surfaced that Sacramento’s President, the City’s Mayor and owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings were meeting MLS officials at the the All-Star Game in Portland to discuss potentially housing an expansion franchise in Northern Californian. The Kings ownership group is also said to be mulling over purchasing the impressive USL side.

[RELATED: Sacramento next in line for MLS expansion?]

Since then whispers have emerged from the meetings that things went extremely well and MLS officials will visit Sacramento in September to assess if the city is ready to join North America’s top flight.

In their inaugural season, the Republic have smashed USL attendance records and there’s a real hype and buzz around the franchise.

Their head coach caught up with our partners over at Soccerly and had the following to say when asked if they could potentially replace David Beckham’s franchise in Miami, who are continuing to have issues regarding a new stadium being built in Downtown MIA.

“I know we can go to the MLS. I know we’re ready, the club is ready on all fronts. We have a decent team and we wouldn’t be scared to go and play in the MLS with the addition of a few players… Sacramento is really ready. If Miami messes up we’re right around the corner. We’re waiting and we’re ready”.

Watch the video above to see Preki’s comments in full.

Sacramento or Miami? Which city would be better, and ready quicker, for MLS?

  1. blanewalberg - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I think the perfect situation would be giving Beckham LA2 (or Chivas if you like) and giving Sacramento & Minneapolis the other 2. Beckham-led LA2 would be a great rivalry with Galaxy. Sacramento has large following and will thrive. Minneapolis would have a great rivalry with Chicago (already have rivalry with NHL and NFL teams) and KC.

    • hippiedippyweatherman - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      I really think Chivas just needs to go away. I just don’t think there’s a fanbase there for them. They need a new city and a rebranding or to simply fold and parse out the players to other teams. However, I’m not a fan of moving them to a city that already has a successful lower division team that could be promoted in their own right (such as the Republic or Minnesota United). You could conceivably moved them to Miami if Beckham gets a stadium but that won’t happen. The league is dead set on having two LA teams and if they can get a stadium built at USC or whatever, who knows. Personally, I think Miami should just wait and I’m not opposed to giving Chivas to Beckham to see if he can revive them. He already has strong connections to LA. But I highly doubt Beckham would go for that. He’s dead set on Miami. But Minnesota and Sacramento are much more deserving, IMO. Sacramento is a great market with good ownership and a very supportive local government. There’s a great spot for a stadium down at the old rail yards that would be perfect if they can come up with financing for it. Everybody seems to be working on obtaining that and a partnership with the Kings could provide much-needed funds towards a stadium, limiting use of public money. Minnesota, however, appears to have stagnated with the United-Twins partnership’s bid for a Farmer’s Market stadium stalled and now getting competition from the Vikings (a scary thought). They run the risk of Sacramento passing them by and if the league is determined to keep both Chivas and Miami, that leaves Minnesota as the odd man out, which would be a real shame because United’s ownership is fantastic. However, the local government hasn’t been quite as harmonious as Sacramento’s. It’ll be very interesting to see how it all plays out.

  2. clevelandfan2 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Nobody in Miami will go to their games besides a small group, I mean their bball team went to FOUR straight finals and the fans left their games early like it’s okay, wonder what would happen if the team struggles

  3. sw19womble - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    MLS needs to build in strong ‘smaller markets’ first. Grassroots.
    A Miami team would be great but, after the local government got stung by the Marlins stadium fiasco, I can’t see them being that proactive for Beckham’s thank-you present.
    Of course, promotion/relegation or a two-tier MLS (with NASL) is probably too much to ask, because America seems to need winners – and being able to tank and regroup and/or move your club if you feel like a fresh start seems to count as ‘winning’.

    Still, we’ll see if MLS manages to create an NHL-sized clustercuddle out of all this.

  4. peter845 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    It’s a football!!!! Omg I can’t take it anymore!!! Soccer??? Foot and ball…. Easy to figure it out, right? Or Americans need additional 3 years of collage to get there… And if you don’t agree, USA should be banned from the world football cup! There’s no soccer cup…

    • thedeadlockvictim - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Three years of collage? I haven’t made a collage since 4th grade!

      • mkbryant3 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        So sad. Our arrangers would be so much stronger if they went to Europe to ply their trade. We need our players to collage at the highest levels.

    • granadafan - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Boo hoo, you whiny Euro. They call it soccer in Australia and Canada too. Does your faux outrage extend to your Commonwealth lackeys?

  5. rjbailey - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Reblogged this on Locating Frankenstein's Brain.

  6. Vnice - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    “Soccer” was originally used in England anyway. Shut up. I guess other languages are invalid too. Calcio, Nogomet, etc. Who really cares. Eurosnobs will simply hold soccer/futbol/football back in the states.

  7. herrstanton - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    You have an ownership group in Sacramento interested in buying a franchise. You have a team in Los Angeles in need of an ownership group. The solution should seem fairly obvious to anyone: Let them buy Chivas and move them to Sacramento to become the Republic. The state of California doesn’t need 4 teams right now.

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